Summit County’s unemployment rate ticked up in October from September but remained lower than a year ago.
The county’s jobless rate rose to 4.4 percent last month, up from 4.1 percent in September but down from 4.5 percent in October 2017.
Akron’s unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in October, up from 4.7 percent in September and down from 5.1 percent a year ago.
The jobless rate for Cuyahoga Falls in October was 4.2 percent last month, up from 3.8 percent in September and up from 4.1 percent in October 2017.
There were 264,400 people counted as working in Summit County in October compared to 263,900 in October 2017. While there is a long-term trend of rising employment, Summit County still has not recovered all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession and still has fewer people working now than in 2000, according to state figures.
For the month of October going back to 2000, county employment peaked at 284,900 in 2006, or 20,500 more than were working last month.
The low since 2000 for the month was 251,400 people working in 2013.
In October 2000, Summit County had 270,100 employed people, or 5,700 more than last month, state figures show.
Unemployment rates rose in 84 of Ohio’s 88 counties, according to figures released Tuesday by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Rates were unchanged in three counties and fell in one county.
Mercer County had the lowest jobless rate at 2.7 percent, while Adams County had the highest rate at 6.5 percent.
Rates were not adjusted to take into account seasonal factors.
Ohio had a comparable unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in October; the seasonally adjusted rate was 4.6 percent.
The nation’s unadjusted unemployment rate last month was 3.5 percent while the seasonally adjusted rate was 3.7 percent.
Rates elsewhere in Northeast Ohio for October, September and October 2017:
• Cuyahoga County: 4.7, 4.7, 4.9
• Cleveland: 5.8, 5.8, 6.1
• Medina County: 3.7, 3.6, 3.9
• Portage County: 4.1, 3.9, 4.2
• Stark County: 4.6, 4.3, 4.6
• Canton: 5.6, 5.1, 5.4
• Wayne County: 3.5, 3.3, 3.5
Jim Mackinnon covers business and county government. He can be reached at 330-996-3544 or email@example.com. Follow him @JimMackinnonABJ on Twitter or www.facebook.com/JimMackinnonABJ